October 15, 2012 |
Sadie Miller was ready for action. She was home most of the day Thursday, patiently waiting for Peter, the love of her life. An architect in Center City, he had been at work. When he finally came for her, Sadie could hardly contain herself. They went out for a walk, headed for Schuylkill River Park, and then - be still my heart. Paradise. A block-long expanse of synthetic grass, landscaped with trees and bushes along the river's edge. Within the 5-foot-high unleapable black iron fence, about 30 of her friends were already partying in the big-dog section.
September 5, 2013 |
A 20-story residential tower planned at the entrance to the popular Schuylkill River Park won final approval Tuesday from the Civic Design Review board, despite concerns that the project could seriously affect pedestrian safety and an adjacent community garden. The unanimous decision cleared the way for developer Carl Dranoff to start construction next fall. Joan Wells, president of the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, said she was disappointed that the review board gave the project a green light, especially after several board members pointed out problems with the design.
December 26, 1998
John Randolph is standing by his beloved Schuylkill, just beneath the natural hollow made by the underside of the railroad bridge that crosses here on its way to 30th Street Station. He turns upriver, pointing to the gleaming amber fortress of the Philadelphia Art Museum, looming over the Fairmount Water Works and Dam. "There it is," he says, his voice echoing eerily between the river and the arc of the bridge's belly. "It's the Acropolis of Philadelphia. " Mr. Randolph, executive director of the Schuylkill River Development Council, turns now downstream, walking slowly atop the bulkhead while describing the Parisian splendor he sees in the series of elegant bridges - Market Street, Chestnut Street, Walnut Street, the railroad bridge itself - that grace this stretch of the much-neglected, much-abused Schuylkill in Philadelphia.
September 18, 2015 |
Backers of a plan to hasten development along the Delaware River by building a trail with pocket parks and other attractions along the South Philadelphia waterfront are closing in on the land they need for the project. The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. has acquired a section of riverside property from builders K4 Associates and is close to a deal with local developer Bart Blatstein for the final land to build the 0.7-mile bike and walking trail, said Tom Corcoran, president of the nonprofit.
September 24, 2013 |
Kid Hazo stalked the Philadelphia Parking Authority Sunday and found its minions remarkably elusive. Normally, the blue uniforms swarm the city. Normally, 1/18th of a second after a meter runs out, they materialize and slap a ticket on the windshield. Normally, their cars lurk around every corner. On a busy, beautiful fall weekend, however, when it was nearly impossible to find a free, legal spot to park, the force was literally not with him. It took four hours for Hazo to find a parked traffic enforcement car. When he finally did, victory was delicious.
May 2, 2003 |
The city has been awarded about $1.4 million in state grants to refurbish and develop a number of parks, including the long-awaited Schuylkill River Park stretching south of Market Street. At a press conference yesterday in a weedy but cleared expanse of the future park along the river beneath the Walnut Street Bridge, Gov. Rendell said the four grants would help boost the city's "quality of life" and stimulate development. The grant for the Schuylkill River Park, he said, would go toward completing the riverbank trail in the Locust-Walnut Street area.
October 13, 2004 |
Joseph R. Syrnick, the city's chief engineer and surveyor, has been named executive director of the Schuylkill River Development Corp., the lead agency working to revitalize the riverfront. "I have followed the Schuylkill River Development Corp. and its progress over the last dozen years and believe the project has enormous economic and social potential for our city," said Syrnick, who is also a member of the Fairmount Park Commission. The creation of the Schuylkill River Park has been the main focus of the nonprofit corporation over the last decade.
October 7, 2015 |
The long: For the first time, typically grownups-only DesignPhiladelphia hosts kid-friendly events. Turns out, children learn through playing with (and on) cool objects. The short: Do you wanna build a playground? All week long: "The Art of Active Play" series at Smith Memorial Playground begins with a grownup-oriented talk (6-8 p.m. Thursday, $10), continues with the visit of three simple yet innovative play structures - a wacky bench, a tricked-out balance beam and a mini gym, all designed and built by Philly kids working with the Community Design Collaborative as part of its Play Space initiative - temporary companions to the famous big wooden slide.
October 24, 2012
For years, joggers, walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts have had a tough time reaching Schuylkill River Park. Not any more. A 680-foot pedestrian bridge now connects the park to the riverfront trail known as Schuylkill Banks in Center City. The safe passageway should give users some peace of mind, in that they no longer have to put themselves in harm's way to ride their bikes or head out for a hike. That is, no more dodging freight trains or crossing CSX railroad tracks to get to the popular waterfront spot at 25th and Spruce Streets, where thousands flock daily.
July 12, 2015 |
It was a gray day in mid-November 1998 when I met Carl Dranoff for the first time. Apparently, the Philadelphia developer had been reading my Sunday columns, because he had left a voice mail message a week before, saying that he had the impression that I liked construction projects, and that he had one he'd like me to see. That project, Locust on the Park, was the conversion of the National Book Publishing Co. building on Locust Street between...